Data from: The regulation of behavioral plasticity by performance-based feedback and an experimental test with avian egg production
Sockman, Keith W. (2015), Data from: The regulation of behavioral plasticity by performance-based feedback and an experimental test with avian egg production, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.4bq4q
Optimizing plasticity in behavioral performances requires the abilities to regulate physiological effort and to estimate the effects of the environment. To describe how performance-based feedback could play a role in regulating recursive or continuous behavioral performances, I developed two models, one (environmental feedback) that assumes an initial ability to regulate effort but not to predict the effects of the environment and the other (effort feedback) that assumes an initial ability to predict the effects of the environment but not to regulate effort. I tested them by manipulating feedback on egg production, using an egg-substitution experiment in wild, free-ranging Lincoln’s sparrows (Melospiza lincolnii). I discovered that females adjusted the size of their clutches’ third laid eggs in response to the size of an experimentally substituted first laid egg, such that the size of the third laid egg increased with the size of the substitute. Results were largely consistent with the environmental feedback model, though small portions of the response surface were consistent with the effort feedback model or with neither. Regardless, such feedback-based regulation predicted by either model may help females maximize net benefits of egg production and may be a basis for mechanisms regulating a wide range of other behavioral performances, as well.